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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Emerson Presbyterian Church Manse (129 Park Street, Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

The former Presbyterian Church Manse in Emerson, in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin, was constructed in 1905. The moulded concrete block structure was built by Emerson contractor David Wright using a concrete block-making machine that he bought from a catalogue.

Wright erected several buildings in Emerson constructed from that material during 1905, including the Baptist Church and Casselman House. It is said that he stopped making block buildings when his mould broke. Concrete blocks, a material used throughout Manitoba, enjoyed a brief period of popularity in the early 20th century. Emerson was once a hotbed for the construction of concrete block buildings, and many rose throughout the town between 1900 and 1910.

The building is a municipally-designated heritage site (1993).

Emerson Presbyterian Church Manse

Emerson Presbyterian Church Manse (2006)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.00804, W97.20771
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Casselman House (Park Street, Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Emerson Baptist Church (Third Street, Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks


Presbyterian Church Manse, Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 96, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Wayne Arseny for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 January 2022

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